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Grand Southern Discovery Tour

Southern Discovery Tour



  • 3 nights in fabulous Sydney with city tour and Harbour cruise
  • Coorong National Park
  • Gold Creek Station
  • Guided tour of Parliament House, Canberra
  • Historic Beechworth
  • Tasting at Rutherglen Wine Experience Centre
  • Famous Great Ocean Road, Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge
  • Overnight stay on Kangaroo Island
  • Sea Lions at famous Seal Bay
  • Flinders Chase National Park
  • Barossa Valley wine region
  • Spectacular Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains
  • Scheduled flights with drinks and meals provided
  • Optional stopovers on outward and return journeys
  • First class accommodation throughout
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach travel with onboard rest room and tour director

Tour summary

Day 1: Depart UK

Board your scheduled overnight flight from London, Manchester or other regional airport for Australia.

Day 2: Touch Down Far East

Time for duty free shopping as you break your flight in the Far East for approximately 2 hours before onward flight to Sydney.

Day 3: Arrive Sydney

On arrival at Sydney airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton, Darling Harbour, 3 nights.

Day 4: Sydney

Enjoy a morning sight-seeing tour of Sydney, including Bondi Beach, leaving the rest of the day to explore.

Day 5: Sydney

Full day at leisure to prepare for the journey ahead. Explore the city further or take an optional full day tour to the magnificent Blue Mountains.

Day 6: Sydney – Canberra
Today our highlights are a barbecue lunch, sheep shearing demonstration at a working sheep station, a city tour of Canberra and a guided tour of Parliament House. This evening enjoy a welcome drink with your Tour Director.
Accommodation: Rydges Lakeside, Canberra. (L) (D)

Day 7: Snowy Mountains
Our highlights today include: charming Cooma, gateway to the Snowy Mountains; Lake Jindabyne and stunning mountain scenery in Kosciuszko National Park. We also enjoy a journey along the picturesque Alpine Way and a unique overnight stay in one of the Bed & Breakfast properties in historic Beechworth.
Accommodation: Boutique Country Accommodation, Beechworth. (B)

Day 8: Beechworth – Melbourne
This morning we take a sightseeing tour of historic Beechworth with time to explore the galleries, gardens, and antique and gift shops. Later, we enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at the Rutherglen Wine Experience Centre, before continuing our journey through Ned Kelly country to the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne. Evening at leisure.
Accommodation: Grand Mercure on Swanston, Melbourne, 2 nights. (B) (L)

Day 9: Melbourne at leisure
You have a full day at leisure to explore Melbourne at your own pace – perhaps visit Phillip Island and its famous fairy penguins, try your luck gold panning at Sovereign Hill or simply enjoy the wonderful shopping and great cafes and restaurants. (B)

Day 10: Great Ocean Road
Today we experience incredible coastal scenery along the famous Great Ocean Road including the amazing Twelve Apostles, London Bridge and Lord Ard Gorge formations in Port Campbell National Park. You can also look for whales off the scenic coastline of Warrnambool (May and October).
Accommodation: Sundowner Mid City Motor Inn, Warrnambool. (B) (D)

Day 11: Coorong – Sunset Cove
Our touring today includes highlights such as the mysterious Blue Lake in Mount Gambier and a visit to The Coorong. At the Coorong Wilderness Lodge enjoy an informative walk among the sand dunes of this spectacular area with an Aboriginal guide. We stay overnight in picturesque Sunset Cove.
Accommodation: Sunset Cove Resort, Sunset Cove. (B) (D)

Day 12: Sunset Cove –Kangaroo Island
Today we take a scenic ferry cruise from Cape Jervis to Kangaroo Island and enjoy a full day of touring visiting Flinders Chase National Park (home to kangaroos and koalas), the spectacular formations of Remarkable Rocks and Admiral's Arch. We also take a memorable walk among the Sea Lions at famous Seal Bay.
Accommodation: Ozone Seafront Hotel, Kangaroo Island. (B) (D)

Day 13: Kangaroo Island – Adelaide
This morning we cruise by ferry back to Cape Jervis and discover elegant Adelaide on a city tour including a visit to Glenelg. The evening is free for you to explore Adelaide and dine at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Stamford Plaza, Adelaide. (B)

Day 14: Barossa Valley
Discover the famous wine region of the Barossa Valley. Today we travel the scenic Chains of Ponds to the Whispering Wall; visit Chateau Yaldara winery for a tour and tasting and explore the historic town of Tanunda. You'll also take in panoramic views from Mengler Hill Lookout; visit the Angas Park Fruit Centre and a stop at Grant Burge Winery for further wine tastings, before continuing to the Resort.
Accommodation: Novotel Barossa Valley Resort. (B) (D)

Day 15: Barossa Valley – Mildura
This morning we visit Banrock Station and its Interpretative Centre where you can learn about the fascinating wetlands. This afternoon why not take the opportunity to travel to Mungo National Park and discover the flora, fauna and ancient landscapes from an Aboriginal perspective? Alternatively you might like to enjoy an optional dinner at Stefano de Pieri's restaurant on the Avoca Paddlesteamer – see your Tour Director for details.
Accommodation: Rockford Mildura, Mildura. (B)

Day 16: Mildura – Wagga Wagga
Our highlights today include a visit to historic Hay on the Murrumbidgee and Darling Rivers and the picturesque scenery of the Riverina district including country towns such as Narrandera. We overnight in the town of Wagga Wagga which features spectacular gardens, historic machinery, arts and crafts and a beautiful river and lake.
Accommodation: Country Comfort, Wagga Wagga. (B) (D)

Day 17: Blue Mountains – Sydney
Today we discover the delightful scenery of mid-western New South Wales and the picturesque Blue Mountains where we see the Three Sisters formation. (B)

Accommodation: Four Points By Sheraton, Darling Harbour

Day 18: Depart Sydney

You will be transferred to Sydney airport for your return flight to the UK.

Day 19: Arrive UK

Arrive back in the UK to start planning your next Australian trip!

19 day Grand Southern Discovery Tour, including flights, from £
2,983 + taxes per person

Tour price is based on 2 passengers sharing and includes meals where shown – (B) breakfast (L) lunch (D) dinner. Seasonal and single supplements apply. Accommodation shown is subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar standard.

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